Every hotel barge cruise includes daily excursions to some fascinating local places of interest - châteaux, Cathar hilltop villages, markets, renowned wine cellars, as well as other hidden gems that you would struggle to find on your own.
Many of the visits are just a walk away from your hotel barge or, if further, the ever present air-conditioned minibuses will carry you there in comfort. Each excursion is usually led by a crew member: the captain or deckhand/tour guide who will usually have some interesting facts and amusing stories to recount about the places you visit.
Our excursions have something for everyone; cultural experiences, historical sites, film locations, castles and stately homes and, of course, local producers of wines, spirits and regional produce. Some visits will be to well-known destinations such as the medieval city of Carcassonne or the world famous Delft porcelain factory, whilst others will take you off the beaten track to find interesting people and places who we know from our more than 30 years of inland waterways cruising.
Tour the amazing food markets of Dijon and Narbonne
Wine tastings in Sancerre, Chablis and Beaune
Tour historic Carcassonne – the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator in Alsace
Tour Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world
Visit Mantua’s magnificent Ducal Palace and cruise the Venetian Lagoon
Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens in Scotland, home of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Our passengers are usually very well-travelled and have seen many of Europe’s more famous sights, but on each hotel barge cruise we aim to show you something new as part of a unique insight and immersive experience through one of Europe’s heritage-rich regions. Then, of course, after every outing, you return to relax on your private floating hotel, which is never far away.